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Contracts awarded for equipment, furnishings for Spring Mills High School

October 15, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Berkeley County Board of Education awarded five contracts totaling $1.2 million Monday night for equipment and furnishings at the new Spring Mills High School.

Superintendent Manny P. Arvon told board members that the bid packages advertised by the school district attracted a “very competitive group of contractors” and each of the contracts awarded were for the low bids.

Arvon said after the meeting that 11 companies submitted bids for the new school’s furnishings and equipment packages, and several contracts, including those for student desks, have yet to be awarded pending further review.

“We are looking at a different type of desk,” Arvon said. 
The bids awarded Monday night went to South Charleston, W.Va.-based R.M. Huffman Co. for gymnasium equipment ($84,400) and telescoping bleachers ($213,300);  Midlothian, Va.-based Nycom for plastic laminate ($272,353) and wood veneer case work ($534,754); and Pittsburgh Stage for stage equipment ($109,104).

Arvon said he expects the new high school to be turned over to the school district by May 1, 2013, giving school officials ample time to open the county’s fourth high school for the 2013-14 school year.

A mascot for the new school has yet to be decided, but Arvon said that will be need to be done soon.

In other capital-improvement business, the school board Monday night awarded phase two of the Hedgesville High School track project to Martinsburg-based Panhandle Builders & Excavating Inc., which submitted bids totaling $767,000.

Arvon said after the meeting that bids for the track project, which will be the county’s first regulation-size track when completed next year, were “outstanding.”

While the bids submitted for constructing the new Gerrardstown, W.Va., middle school are still under review, Arvon said after the meeting that Chambersburg, Pa.-based Brechbill & Helman Construction Co. was the apparent low bidder for the project in southern Berkeley County.

Arvon, who estimated more than a dozen companies expressed interest in the project, told board members it is evident that a lot of construction companies are looking for work and that competition is beneficial to taxpayers.

“We’re very pleased again with what we’ve seen,” Arvon said.

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